Monday, June 27, 2011

This Week

It's turning out to be a busy summer for me, and I have artworks in two out-of-town shows opening this week. I am participating in Feminine Perspective at the Black Door Gallery with my Catharsis custom dolls and am looking forward to attending the reception Friday. I am also the featured artist with my Party Animals drawings in Hope of the Union at Altered Esthetics, which is a real honor. Please keep checking back to see what else I'm involved in - I have a lot of events coming up.

Feminine Perspective

Black Door Gallery
124 S. Spanish
Cape Girardeau, MO
July 2011
Reception: Friday, July 1, 5 - 9 PM

Hope of the Union
featured artist
Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy St. NE
Minneapolis, MN
July 2011
Reception: Friday, July 1, 7 - 10 PM

One of my Augusta 2011 plein air paintings is also included in the Columbia Art League summer members' show which opened last Thursday.

Members' Summer Open
Columbia Art League
207 S. Ninth St.
Columbia, MO
June - Aug. 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This Week

I have a piece in the upcoming Drift exhibition, which is happening concurrently between Art Saint Louis and the St. Louis Artist's Guild. (My piece is included in the Artist's Guild show.) The show opens this weekend with a reception Saturday evening at Art Saint Louis and another Sunday afternoon at the Artist's Guild. Please feel free to drop in and check it out.

St. Louis Artist's Guild & Galleries
Two Oak Knoll Park
Clayton, MO
June - Aug. 2011
Reception: Sunday, June 26, 1 - 3 PM

Monday, June 20, 2011

Art of the Week: Circus Flora

Here is a sketch I created at the Art Saint Louis artist's day at Circus Flora on June 18. It was great fun, although drawing there proved challenging with all of the action. Keep an eye out for an upcoming show through Art Saint Louis.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Insect Bite

I first noticed this nasty insect bite when I woke up Tuesday. It puffed up like a mosquito bite and itched like mad. But it worsened after that, changing color and getting more irritated, and the symptoms matched those of a spider bite more than a mosquito bite, especially with the fang marks.

It is doing better now (for all that it doesn't look it from the pictures) and it doesn't itch nearly as bad. And I went to the doctor yesterday because it is really scary with it being so close to my eye, and they seem to think it's clearing up and isn't infected, so that's good. Has anyone else had a similar experience and, if so, how long did it take to clear?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Art of the Week: Haunting

I'd meant to post this at the start of the month but time got away from me. Better late than never. Here is a photo from my Hauntings series, created during a trip out to Jefferson City for the 175th Anniversary Celebration Photography & Art Competition of the Missouri State Penitentiary through Capital Arts.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Paul Reiter Benefit Auction

There is going to be a benefit auction of artworks by local artists from Paul Reiter's estate, whose tragic and untimely death I wrote about here. The auction will be at Mad Art Gallery on this Sunday, June 12, 3 - 6 PM. I have pasted some details below.

Art Sale for Paul Reiter at Mad Art on June 12
Good Samaritan was murdered while breaking up robbery of neighbor

The family and friends of the late Paul Reiter have planned a silent auction of his large collection of local art in an effort to distribute his work by St. Louis artists and to raise money for the son who survives him.
Paul was a veteran progressive activist and unpretentious arts patron who was active with KDHX in its earliest days, supported almost every cultural institution in town, and served The St. Louis American for 22 years as circulation manager. He was murdered on May 9 when he attempted to chase away a thief breaking into his neighbor's home. He was 58 and is survived by a 20-year-old son who is studying at Saint Louis University.
An exhibit and sale of the Paul Reiter Collection of St. Louis Art will be held 3-6 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St. in Soulard.
There is no admission price. Mad Art will operate a cash bar. Award-winning barbecue master Roland Frank will offer cheaply priced Q in the courtyard.
Opening bids for the work will be priced affordably, with the intention of selling everything. All work will come off the walls and go home with buyers that night at the conclusion of the silent auction. Organizers will begin closing the bidding process at 5 p.m. and be finished with all sales by 6 p.m.
Paul's collection included work by Paul LaFlam, Craig Downs, Cindy Royal, Michael Hoffman, Carmelita Nunez, Jeremy Hendry and many other St. Louis artists. It includes paintings, prints, drawings, assemblages and sculptures that range in size from very small to very large. Almost all of the work is professionally framed and ready to be displayed.
"When he was stationed in Japan with the U.S. Navy in the seventies he brought back several souvenirs – tea sets, kimonos, carved wooden doors; and he shipped us wooden clocks from Europe," Paul's sister, Joyce Fraser, said. "He had an interest in the arts and spirituality early on. That began his journey. And it progressed to helping local artists in the St. Louis area."
Fraser said his family was surprised to learn how supportive of the St. Louis arts scene their brother had been. In addition to more than 100 works of local art displayed in his home and office, he collected hundreds of postcards and dozens of posters from the many art shows he had attended all over the metropolitan area.
"St. Louis artists lost a great friend and supporter in Paul," she said.
Fraser said the primary goal of the event is to show Paul's art as a complete collection one more time and then see that that the art gets into the hands of Paul's friends and fellow supporters of St. Louis' lively but under-appreciated art scene. The family also hopes to generate funds to further Paul's son's education. Fraser said anyone who wishes to contribute to Paul's son without bidding on art will have the opportunity to do so at the event.
All proceeds from the art auction and all donations will go to Christopher Paul Reiter, Paul's son.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

This Week: Gallery Closing

The Northern Arts Council will be closing at the end of this month and will be having a final reception this Friday, June 10. The reception will be your last chance to purchase my jewelry at this venue, where I have several necklaces on display. Please drop by and check it out before it's gone.

Northern Arts Council
27 S. Florissant Rd.
Ferguson, MO